18 Vegetables That Grow Best in the Afternoon Sun

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Do you want to grow vegetables in your backyard, but you don’t know which ones? One great way to find out is by looking at the vegetables that grow best in the afternoon sun. This will help you figure out what types of vegetables are right for your garden, and it will also show you how much time they need each day. 

This blog post will discuss different vegetables that do well with full sunlight or partial shade in the afternoon sun. We’ll explore everything from squash to cucumbers, so be sure to bookmark this article if there’s anything specific in particular that interests you!

What vegetables grow best in the afternoon sun?

Many gardens have a variety of lighting conditions ideal for vegetables grown in the shade. This is ideal for kale, spinach, lettuces and mesclun mix (my favorite!), celery, beets, herbs, and more.

Follow the planting instructions on your plant tags or seed packets and experiment to find what works best for you. You’ll notice natural groupings depending on whether the root, leaf, or bud is eaten. You won’t always select vegetables that are suited for your growing region.

Some plants crave bright sunny conditions and other plants for shade. Full sun, partial sun, and light shade vegetables that grow well in most of North America. The ultimate placement of your chosen vegetables will decide how well they’ll grow for you.

Is the afternoon sun considered full sun?

It is difficult to say that all afternoon sun vegetables are considered full sun. Some vegetables such as celery, beets, and herbs thrive in shady conditions, whereas others prefer the bright light of southern exposure. Therefore, it’s important to know your garden type before planting so you can plan accordingly.

When people think about vegetables, they want them grown in their backyard with more than adequate sunlight, but this may not always be possible depending on their region or how big their yard is.

It will take an incredible amount of work to get enough light in some areas, even if there’s plenty of space available because there are so many trees and other plants on the property that block out any light.

Planning your garden

Designing a garden is an exciting process, but one that can be hard to do without proper planning.

The key to designing the perfect space for your needs and desires is following this simple three-step approach: first design the layout of your yard or area you will use; then decide what plants should go into each section based on sun exposure and other considerations such as soil type; finally, plant those seeds.

The process goes like this: Draw out a map of how you want it designed with appropriate areas marked for different types of crops, add in special features if desired (porch seating? Garden paths?), choose which vegetables are best suited according to preferred location(s) – think about whether they need full sunlight all day long or the only morning.

Here’s our list of the top 18 vegetables that will best grow in the afternoon sun:

#1 Eggplant

Eggplants are versatile vegetables that do well in many climates, as long as you plant them early enough for the cool months.

They can be harvested all year round if ample water is available to keep the soil moist and plenty of sunlight for growing during warmer times.

As it produces food so fast and with such high nutrition, humans have used eggplant since ancient civilizations. It adapts easily because its flavor varies depending on what’s being cooked; use this knowledge when cooking your dishes or adding an extra dimension to recipes from other cultures.

#2 Thyme

Thyme is an herb that can be used for everything from flavoring soup to adding some pizzazz to a salad.

Thyme thrives in full sun but does not do well with too much heat, so make sure your soil remains moist when growing thyme. If you are looking for the most flavourful thymes, then look no further than picking them right before flowering time.

You also need to pinch off any flower spikes, or else they will use up all their energy-producing flowers and won’t produce as many leaves – which is what we want them to.

#3 Corn

Corn is a popular summer vegetable that grows best in full sun. The corn plant needs to be watered generously for the kernels to stay plump, but you can also grow your colorful corn which requires it to be polluted with natural light–green color.

#4 Pumpkins

Large, orange pumpkins are the quintessential symbol of fall. But did you know that they can be grown in all 50 states? It’s true! All it takes is a little sun and water to make these beautiful plants grow big before your very eyes.

Full-Sun Vegetables:

Full-sun vegetables need at least six hours of sunlight per day, usually from eight to twelve. The sun should be shining directly on the plants for this period, with no trees or buildings blocking its rays. These veggies are most productive in sunny areas.

#5 Melons

Melons love the heat and sun. Melon mounds are great plants for sunny spots in your garden, as they can grow to be large with lots of fruit. Honeydew and watermelons also do well planted in a sunny spot during the summer months if you live near warmer climates such as California or Georgia, where these melons thrive best.

However, honeydews will not withstand cold temperatures, so ensure that it is protected from unexpected frost by insulating the plant’s roots before winter sets in; otherwise, all those tasty treats could turn into bitter disappointment come springtime when we’re craving some fresh fruits again!

#6 Cucumbers

Cucumbers are one of the easiest to grow, but there’s a catch: they need lots and LOTS of sunlight!

Unfortunately, not too many people have yards that get more than 12 hours in the full sun each day. That leaves us with two options – either move or find another way for cucumber plants to receive enough light.

If you’re looking for an easy solution without moving your whole life away from home, try growing them vertically instead.

#7 Squash

Yellow squash grows best in warmer climates, but it also can be eaten raw or cooked. They are great for stuffing with ricotta cheese and frying the flower petals to make a tasty treat.

Winter squashes like acorn squash do not need cold temperatures to grow because their name is misleading; winter refers more to being abundant during that time of year than needing particular weather conditions.

The zucchini plant produces lots of veggies all at once, which means you have plenty on hand when making dishes such as steaming them, sautéing them, or even putting them into pieces of bread – try different recipes out and find your favorite way to prepare this delicious vegetable.

#8 Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a classic plant that pretty much everyone can grow. Sun-ripened tomatoes have many uses – on BLTs, fried green tomatoes with some cottage cheese, or just in salads and sandwiches.

#9 Okra

Okra is a plant that thrives in hot, full-sun gardens, and it’s most comfortable when the soil temperature stays between 80°.

The vegetable has been around for centuries, with heirloom varieties being some of the most heat-resistant types you can get your hands on.

Some people roast them wholly by leaving them intact and placing them inside an oven, while others pickle okra to make delicious vinegar brine-based pickles that are perfect for any occasion.

Okra is a must-have if you’re planting in hot conditions or simply looking for something new to try out at home because these plants thrive better than ever under high temperatures – they prefer soil temps staying within 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Okras also hold up well against other stresses such as drought, frost, and pests. These vegetables also have a relatively short growth cycle which is perfect for ensuring that your efforts are being put into the products you’re going to end up eating.

#10 Carrots

They grow well in full sun, and with the right care, you’ll be able to harvest your carrots when they’re still young. Carrots taste better, too, if you wait until the soil is dry before harvesting them. Carrots are a versatile vegetable that can be used in many dishes.

Light Shade Vegetables:

Many types of vegetables grow best in shady environments. The shade-loving plants have their preferences, and you can find the perfect spot for each plant to thrive by being creative with your planting decisions.

Even if some tall veggies block out the sun from reaching other nearby plants – those shaded areas won’t mind as long as they get enough water.

#11 Green Beans

They’re great for cooking any time of year! Ideally, you want them planted before May to ensure your harvest will be ready by August or September when their flavor is at its peak.

If you live near an urban area with access to both trees and sunlight – this can be the perfect garden spot for green beans because it’ll provide shade during summer heatwaves while still getting plenty of light and water.

Green beans are a great choice for any garden, but they can be very demanding about their fertility levels and soil quality.

It’s important to keep your plants moist at all times because even if the ground is wet from rain or irrigation – these vegetables will still dry out quickly in full sun conditions.

You also want to make sure you’re adding plenty of compost into the soil before planting green beans so that they have enough nutrients circulating through them while producing those tender pods on every vine.

The key with this plant is making sure it has lots of room; otherwise, its leaves may become discolored early due to overcrowding. If you do notice this happening and yellowing between leaf veins, then try transplanting some of the beans to a new location.

#12 Beets

These vegetables have an earthy flavor and can be eaten fresh or cooked for dishes like beet salad, pickled beets, roasted beets with honey, braised red cabbage, and many more.

Beet greens make a popular side dish when you’re cooking them up as well – they add tons of vitamin A to your plate, so it’s important not to waste those leaves on your compost pile.

Also, be sure not to fall victim to overcrowding these plants because their roots will become soft if placed too close together.

Beans are a legume that grows best in the afternoon sun. They fit well into any garden as they don’t need much space and can be grown with trellises, poles, or just on their own without anything else to climb up.

#13 Lettuce

Lettuce is a great plant to start because it doesn’t require too many resources from the gardener, such as frequent watering or weeding. It is a cool-season crop that grows best in the afternoon sun; however, it will grow well for short periods under light shade.

Lettuce can be planted as soon as you have access to your garden – February or March, depending on where you live. However, if spring still has temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, wait until these warm-ups before planting.

Lettuces are ready when they reach about four inches tall and should not be harvested earlier because they will produce bitter leaves with older plants.

It’s important to note that all types of lettuce require some amount of sunlight, so try planning your rows accordingly if the full sun isn’t available due to the size of your yard.

You can also plant lettuces that produce heads closer to the front of your rows if they’re willing to grow there while leaving other types of lettuces farther away from these plants because those vegetables will likely cut off their leaves.

If you have a large space, then this won’t be an issue, but smaller gardens may want to try planting head-forming lettuces on one row, so they don’t get trampled by bigger vegetables later on.

#14 Basil

If you want your basil to grow long and lean, then the afternoon sun is the best for it. It needs at least six hours of sunlight a day, so make sure that there are not too many obstacles in its way, such as taller plants or flowers.

You can plant them in containers if space is limited but know they will likely need more water than their counterparts because they’re growing in the heat without any protection from wind.

Basil likes rich soil with lots of compost added to it; weeding around this plant regularly helps prevent disease problems like downy mildew, which thrive when soil conditions are moist and warm.

The seeds need to be kept moist before they are planted, so mist them lightly. Basil doesn’t like being too hot or cold, which is why planting in a pot on your deck or patio can help maintain the perfect temperature for it with just a little extra watering and lots of sunlight.

Ensure that you harvest when the plant reaches about 18 inches tall since basil does not do well once its flowering stage comes around because this will cause leaf drop.

If you’re growing indoors, make sure that there’s plenty of light throughout the day – at least six hours worth – and don’t forget to water according to how often your particular soil type needs moisture (rainfall is also important).

For indoor plants to grow as well as possible, it’s best to use a soilless potting soil and ensure that your windows are cleaned regularly.

If you’re growing vegetables outside in the full sun, remember not to plant them too close together – at least two feet apart should do the trick. Remember to rotate your crops periodically by planting some of them where they haven’t been before, and enjoy harvesting fresh vegetables from your garden all summer long.

#15 Zucchini

Zucchini grows very well with afternoon sunlight, so be sure to plan space and put these delicious veggies into your garden today.

Take care when planting because squash plants can take up lots of space in the ground. Plant zucchini in a raised bed and be sure to keep it well watered.

#16 Potatoes

This vegetable is a very popular choice for many gardeners, and it’s easy to see why. Potatoes are filling, full of nutrients, and they can be stored for months after being harvested, so you’ll always have potatoes on hand when you need them.

Potchi plants prefer light shade, but if that’s not an option, these vegetables grow well with morning sun too. Keep the soil moist because dryness will cause your potatoes to rot quickly.

#17 Onions

Onions are one of the most versatile vegetables out there because they can be eaten raw or cooked. Onions grow in full sun but also do well with a little bit of morning sun or afternoon sun too.

Onion plants need to have their tops pinched back so that they don’t use up all their energy growing tall, resulting in fewer onions per bulb.

If you want an onion for cooking, pick it when it is about half-grown for best results and just before the green shoots start showing on the top of your plant, as this is usually when it has matured its flavor fully.

In Conclusion 

Planning your garden is easier when you know what vegetables grow best in the afternoon sun. You can also plan accordingly by planting some of these nightshade plants that prefer a bit more shade to ensure they get enough light.

I hope this list helps! Which of these vegetables have you grown? What advice do you have for other gardeners looking for more information on planting their vegetable gardens?